Secondary Transplanting When Growing Greens

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Often, seedlings are too big for trays but not hardy enough for outdoor growing. Learn to use hoop houses for transplanting greens from an organic farmer in this free gardening video. View Video Transcript

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Daniel Botkin

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Ok, so you've grown out some beautiful veggies,in this case, some celery, some swiss chard in pots. Now, there's a tendency to want to put these right in the ground, and get on with the season, but the ground is still cold, and these plants are still small, so a secondary transplant is in order. You might think that's too much work, but here's a place where a little bit of work goes a long way. Let me demonstrate. Let's start with these swiss chards. You see, they've used up all their available space. They're not doing much anymore in this pot. They've probably used up their nutrients, as well, so we can gently open up the root ball, and gently peel apart these beautiful, multi-colored swiss chards. Everybody loves swiss chard, and without too much fanfare, I'm just going to lay them in this six pack, like so. I work using the edges, to great advantage. Boom, boom, boom, done. Well boom, boom, boom, boom boom, boom, done, and that's it. The soil was pre-wet. There's enough moisture to keep those babies alive. Tomorrow, they'll be looking rather wilted, but not dead. They'll hop back to life in two or three days, and the advantage of course, is we've separated them from their brothers and sisters, giving them a root zone, giving them new fertility to work with, and lots of space.